(MCT) CHICAGO — When the Blackhawks watch video on the Bruins, they observe a physical team building momentum.
But as for how that looks and feels face-to-face, they have no idea.
When the Hawks host the Bruins on Wednesday night at the United Center for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, it will be the first time the teams have met this season. Because of the lockout-shortened schedule, there was no intraconference play this year.
"It's a little bit different hockey over there" in the Eastern Conference, Hawks forward Michael Frolik said. "You're going to try to watch clips and videos. For sure you are watching them on TV. Hopefully, those first few shifts you can really know what to expect and what to do."
Without firsthand knowledge of the Bruins, the Hawks avidly tuned in to their Eastern Conference finals sweep of the Penguins and are relying more heavily on video.
"It's tough, but we've got a lot of good video clips," forward Andrew Shaw said. "All the coaches do a great job with video. We haven't played against them, but we've seen a lot of them. We know how they play and who they are."
Coach Joel Quenneville said scouting, video and advice from coaches who have faced the Bruins will help only so much.
"There's not a lot of secrets out there in the game," he said. "What you see is probably what you're going to get. They have a lot of guys who can make plays.
"As quickly as all those scouting reports are in, as soon as the game starts, things can change quickly. You kind of go off of what you're seeing in front of you. The awareness you want to make sure your team has going into the game is in place."
Pucker up: The Game 5 win over the Kings seemed to be sealed with a kiss, as camera shots appeared to reveal Shaw planting one on Patrick Kane after Kane's double-overtime game-winner. Shaw said it was all shouting, no smooching.
"Actually, it looked more like the 'Titanic' scene where Jack was hanging on to her off the end," Shaw said. "I got a couple of pictures on Twitter about that. But I was just screaming in his ear. He probably deserved a kiss, but I didn't give him one."
Hawk talk: The Hawks have caught the attention of those from all corners. At the groundbreaking ceremony for the Bulls' new practice facility adjacent to the United Center, Mayor Rahm Emanuel opened his remarks with this:
"First, Saturday's game for the Blackhawks was a tremendous game. I want the entire Blackhawk family to know everybody is very excited about Wednesday night and the rest of the series. They showed what great champions they are.
"(Saturday) was a great game, a great family event. It was a little exhausting, especially with the last nine seconds (of regulation, when the Kings tied it). But it ended exactly how it was supposed to."
Later, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau spent several minutes talking to Blackhawks President John McDonough.
One-timers: Though unlikely to reveal the truth anyway, Quenneville indicated health shouldn't be much of an issue going into the Stanley Cup Final. "We like where we're at today," he said. . . . United Center doors will open two hours before game time for all home games during the finals. It had been 90 minutes.